Rishi Sunak expected to announce stamp duty holiday

· Chancellor Rishi Sunak is expected to announce a six month stamp duty holiday on Wednesday.

· Sunak’s rumoured proposal will exempt many homebuyers from paying Stamp Duty Land Tax in an effort to rebuild the UK’s economy.

· The stamp duty threshold is expected to be temporarily raised from £125,000 to between £300,000 and £500,000.

· If it is set at £500,000 it could save buyers £15,000, therefore offering a significant incentive to potential home buyers.

· First-time buyers with homes under £300,000 (£500,000 in London) are already exempt from stamp duty.

· Sunak is expected to introduce the exemption on stamp duty for between six months to a year.

· The announcement is expected to be implemented in the autumn budget in order to stimulate the housing market, along with other measures to support the economy, such as a temporary VAT cut for pubs, restaurants and café in a bid to protect 2.4 million jobs in the hospitality sector.

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